All members of our community will need to cooperate for us to come together safely this fall. Here are guidelines for our off-campus students.
Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2020
Off-campus students will not be permitted on campus until after Sept. 8 except to receive a COVID-19 screening test or if they have written permission from appropriate staff (e.g for work on campus). They will only be allowed if they have registered their intention to be on campus in the survey sent to students on Aug. 11, and if they have begun their screening tests. Off-campus students who don’t keep their weekly obligations to be screened will not be allowed on campus.
To change your access to campus, please complete the form below. Resident students are automatically included in the Screening Test Program and do not need to complete this form. Non-resident students who wish to come to campus must be enrolled in the Screening Test Program, and can do so using this form.
All off-campus students who plan to be on campus will be required to register for and attend weekly screening tests. The tests will take place on the ground level of the Miller parking deck. Screening tests will be conducted using a non-invasive nasal swab, and results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. Students will be required to choose their weekly test time using the Bentley Health Portal. To be able to visit campus, students must attend their appointments every week throughout the semester. Missed appointments will be noted, and multiple missed appointments will be reported to the Student Conduct Office as a violation of the Endangering Health & Safety policy. Once a student completes their screening test, they will receive a bracelet to wear at all times while on campus.
Before coming to campus, please complete the Daily Symptom Checker. When you arrive, you’ll notice that many indoor locations such as the bookstore will have tents nearby to give students an outdoor environment where proper social distancing can occur. The University Police station will also have an outdoor window where students can obtain parking decals and student IDs. Classrooms, meeting rooms and common areas will have capacity limitations posted and in many cases will be reconfigured to allow for proper distancing. Many administrative offices will function by appointment only and will meet with students virtually. Offices that meet with students in person will have Plexiglas partitions. Non-resident students and all Bentley community members are required to wear a clean face covering at all times while on campus, whether indoors or outside.
Most residential students will arrive over three days starting on Aug. 26. To protect all of our community from the potential spread of the virus, the university will delay the opening of some facilities until Sept. 8. This includes in-person attendance in all classes, access to all campus labs and academic centers, the Library, the Bentley Arena, bookstore, student center and all indoor dining. Athletic facilities including the Dana fitness center will not open until Monday, Sept. 14. However, off-campus students who are registered in the screening test program are required to attend their weekly screening appointments during this time.
Once in-person classes resume on Sept. 8, students will have access to non-residential facilities like the student center, campus labs, the Trading Room, the Bentley Arena and the library. However, some locations may require advance notification or scheduled meeting times. You can expect to hear from specific offices about these guidelines.
Many classroom and administrative buildings will be locked and will require your Bentley ID to enter. If you plan to attend any on-campus classes or events, please carry your Bentley ID. To obtain a new ID, fill out and submit this form.
In some cases, to maintain the health of our campus we may refer off-campus students to local health care providers. If you live near Bentley and need health care after-hours or on weekends, please see our list of local health care options. Remember to call the health care facility ahead of time if you plan to visit.
Students enrolled in Bentley’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan can access information about COVID-19 testing and resources, including a 24/7 nurse care line and live video visits with a physician or mental health provider, at this link.
Massachusetts residents can find information at www.mass.gov/covid19 and a COVID-19 symptom checker at Buoy.com/mass. Other resources are available by visiting www.mass211.org, calling #Call2Talk or dialing 211.
As part of our community-wide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, off-campus students who want to visit campus must register for and participate in the weekly screening process. Students who are identified on campus without having been properly screened will be asked to leave and referred to the Student Conduct office. Before visiting campus, students are asked to fill out the Daily Symptom Checker. Once you are on campus, please follow the health and safety guidelines that the university requires in accordance with orders from the state of Massachusetts. These include proper social distancing, healthy hygiene practices, and the wearing of a face covering. All policies in the Student Handbook apply to students whether they live on campus or off campus.
We have made available a 20-minute online training, “Staying Healthy in a Changing Campus Environment.” (You should have received an email invitation to it on Aug. 17). This training is required of all students, regardless of where you are learning from. Please access the course here, choose the orange “Bentley SSO” button, and complete it by Aug. 26. Students who don’t complete the course will be referred to Student Conduct, and their swipe access to on-campus services will be disabled.
If you are required to isolate or quarantine while at home or off campus, please follow these directions provided by the State of Massachusetts. We recommend you prepare for this beforehand, thinking about how you will receive food, water, clothes and other daily essentials. If you have been on campus within 10 days of exposure or within 10 days of experiencing first symptoms, please contact Bentley Health Services and your local off-campus health administration. Bentley contact tracers may contact you as well. Unfortunately, Bentley will not be able to provide quarantine needs for non-resident students.
Over the last 52 years since Bentley’s move from downtown Boston to Waltham, we have built a positive relationship with Waltham city officials, local businesses and neighbors. As current Falcons, you are direct representatives of our university and our core values. Please be responsible and hold one another accountable. Follow the policies in the Bentley Student Handbook and the Endangering Health and Safety addendum. If we work together, we can keep each other healthy and help each other through this unprecedented time.